I’ve been using facebook quite a lot for the past few years, posting several links/updates per day.
A couple of weeks ago I decided I’d had enough, so here’s what I did:
Sent a mass message to everyone on my facebook friends list (about 200) telling them what was wrong with facebook and why they should give Diaspora a try. You can read the text here: http://robinsland.co.uk/2012/11/13/facebook-have-gone-too-far/
Since then I’ve made a point of posting all the things I would have posted on Facebook on Diaspora instead, only posting roughly daily on facebook with a link that has something to do with Diaspora, so things like diasporial/what-is, poduptime, the pod signup page or a link to my stream.
This strategy seems to be working, and people are gradually giving Diaspora a try. I’ve irritated a few of my friends with my persistence but facebook has such huge traction now that I knew I was going to have to push hard to make an impact. I feel a definite sense that people have had enough of facebook, so I think now is the time.
I thought I would share this in case other people find these strategies useful.
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